Executive Turntable: New Hires at Vivendi Group, Def Jam, Capitol Music Group & More

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A list of moves and shakes across the music business.

-- ESMG has been appointed Steve Kline to Chief Operating Officer, and John Di Maio has been named VP of Radio Promotion and Marketing. Maio will work alongside current VP of Promotion Jackie Kajzer, together they will oversee all campaigns with Di Maio spearheading ESMG’s Five Seven Music label roster and Kajzer leading Eleven Seven Music and Better Noise Records.

-- PledgeMusic co-founder Malcolm Dunbar returns to the company as UK & Europe President.

-- Leo Corson has joined the Contemporary Music Department of APA’s Concerts division. Previously, Corson was an agent at Circle Talent Agency (2014) and he launched his own Corson Agency in 2007. APA also welcomes music agent Susie Giang to the Contemporary division.  

--The New York office of UTA Music appoints Rob Walker as an agent. Walker’s new role includes establishing partnerships across all areas of entertainment and building new businesses around clients.

--Caroline Le Masne will be the new Head of Legal Affairs for the Vivendi Group.  She previously served as the Vice President, Corporate Law and M&A for the compnay’s Legal Department. 

--Tuo Clark has been named Senior Vice President, A&R at Def Jam Recordings. Clark will oversee current and new artist projects including Big Sean, Jeremih and Lil Durk. Clark’s new position entails discovering/signing new and established talent to Def Jam.

-- Capitol Music Group  promotes Jeff Temske to Senior Vice President, Streaming Strategy and Research Temske will oversee the company’s global efforts, focusing on the growth and expansion of artists and their music streaming platforms.